sheng

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See also: shèng, shéng, shēng, shěng, and 笙簧

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Chinese (pinyin: shēng); character consists of upper part ("bamboo") and lower part ("born")

Noun[edit]

sheng (plural shengs)

  1. A Chinese wind instrument, being a free-reed mouth organ consisting of 13 or more bamboo pipes of various lengths, which are fixed at their bases in a wind chest made from a dried gourd (or, more recently, wood or chrome-plated brass).

Mandarin[edit]

Romanization[edit]

sheng

  1. Nonstandard spelling of shēng.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of shéng.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of shěng.
  4. Nonstandard spelling of shèng.

Usage notes[edit]

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.